Camp Counsellor

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth

Title: Camp Counsellor

Reports to: Camp Director

Position Status: Full Time, Seasonal

Vacancies: 3

Start Date: June 2022

Location: Thorburn, NS

Dept: 8200

Since 1853 the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has been connecting Nova Scotians to build healthy communities. As a non-profit charity we provide vital services, including Health, Employment, Childcare/Camps, Immigrant Services, and Youth Development.

The YMCA Experience

At the YMCA we know that our ability to partner with others in our community is through the passion and dedication of our employees and volunteers. In joining the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth you will become part of a dedicated network of individuals with great passion for providing a holistic support to the communities in which we serve.

The Opportunity

Big Cove YMCA Camp is a residential summer camp for children aged 6–16 located in Thorburn, Nova Scotia. Big Cove is the oldest residential camp in Canada, founded by the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth in 1889. At camp, we believe that our exciting programs and dedicated staff are truly the pinnacle of the Big Cove Camp experience.

Our staff are not only leaders but friends, teachers and role models to all of our campers. Camp staff members are a dedicated group of responsible young adults carefully selected for their character, maturity, skills and sincere interest in the growth and development of youth.

Counsellors live with and take care of a cabin of 8-10 campers and work alongside a co-counsellor for the summer.

This position requires strong leadership and independence, teamwork, a caring nature and willingness to have fun. Throughout the summer, counsellors may have the opportunity to have Leadership shadows, take part in a maintenance or kitchen rotation, or be a leader in the 2 week leadership program.

Responsibilities include

  • Responsible for the care and supervision of their campers, providing each camper with a positive camping experience
  • Instruct cabin programs as well as interest group programs which include: swimming, canoeing, drama, archery, high ropes and many more
  • Required to live on site during the camp season

Qualifications and Skills

  • Must be 17 years of age by December 31, 2022
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Minimum qualifications: Standard First Aid, Bronze Cross and CPR-C, WHIMIS (NLS strongly recommended – additional $15/week)
  • Recommended qualifications: NLS, Wilderness First Aid, Outdoor Council of Canada, Paddle Canada Certification

Note:Successful candidates will be required to provide:

  • A current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Child Abuse Registry Check
  • Proof of valid First Aid and CPR training
  • Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption prior to start date
  • Employees will be required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training

Apply Today

Please apply online at by May 30, 2022

We look forward to hearing from you!

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.

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